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BY 4/16 -- Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?

BY 4/16 -- Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School? | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Social media has eroded young people's privacy—and advocates are trying to win it back.
Andy Nguyen's insight:

With students becoming more active nowadays on social media, the school administration obviously cannot control what they can't or can post online. While I agree that students should be able to freely express themselves online, I also believe that students cannot post comments that could be considered bullying of people especially teachers and students. But the question still remains: who should regulate these comments? This puts us in an awful predicament. We must find a middle ground in order for this technology age to successfully propagate.. 

Mel Mountain Du's curator insight, April 16, 2014 1:20 AM

Personally, I would argue that this is an infringement upon 1st amendment rights. Even if there is a contract. Because of course, contracts with minors are null and void, if not usually illegal. Tinker v.s. Des Moines should be upheld. The technology has changed. Civil rights have not. Instead, there should be "Cyber Education" from a young age, teaching how to have a healthy relationship with technology and online media.

Connor Carter's curator insight, April 16, 2014 2:05 AM

I believe that students still have freedom of speech, and there are only instances that may impact one's freedom of speech in cases where school officials/administrators are impacted. When student's protest their right to speech and also try to receive discipline and instruction from teachers and parents, it is difficult to pair the two. Kids should not be able to say anything they want, therefore I think it is the school's responsibility to censor some occurrences of harsh behavior as part of their role to teach children to be respectable. It is a difficult case nonetheless. 

Weiyi Wang's curator insight, April 16, 2014 11:57 PM

I think students should be able to say whatever they want as long as it's within reasonable bounds. This is what the first amendment says after all. No one has the right to limit or take away this privilege. The internet has extended free speech far beyond anything that can be controlled anyways. Imagine how much manpower and money would go into censoring the billions of student online interactions. It is up to the students to determine how to properly and safely exercise their first amendment rights.

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Feinstein Is Right. The CIA’s Out of Control.

Feinstein Is Right. The CIA’s Out of Control. | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Five years of frustration boiled over when Sen. Dianne Feinstein flayed the CIA on the Senate floor Tuesday. She accused the agency of lying, cheating and stealing to block a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s secret prisons and torture from seeing the light of day. In essence, she said, the CIA was spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s...

Via Teresa Herrin
Andy Nguyen's insight:

Senator Feinstein is strong democratic politician and she led the Intelligence Committee for 5 years. She has been regarded as a "sleepy watchdog" regarding NSA's secret surveillance. 

Feinstein accused the CIA of acting as America's secret police. She accused of them obstructing her committe's report by going through files without a warrant and breaking the 4th amendment. 

The reason why this is news-worthy is because the CIA isn't supposed to do this to Americans. They can lie and deceive to gain intelligence throughout the world but they must be honest when they deal with affairs in America. 

In my opinion, I think it's fine. I'm not totally against nor am I totally for it. I think it's necessary to have a good, moderate surveillance amongst our country but only to an extent. As a melting pot country, we don't have everyone fully supporting America and its ideals. It's composed of multitude of ideals and opinions. Some of these opinions and intentions are harmful to our well-being of a country.

Laura Ojinnaka's curator insight, March 18, 2014 10:13 PM

Senator Feinstein is a democratic senator from California and the head of the intelligence committee. She is accusing the CIA of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations.

This is newsworthy because the CIA is over stepping their boundaries, and engaging in illegal behavior.

I agree with the senator and believe that Senate committee should have access to the CIA's files, if they are indeed committing crimes, and should be monitored. 

carly johnson's curator insight, March 22, 2014 10:47 PM

Feinstein is a senator to California and has led the intelligence committee for 5 years. She claims that CIA agents have been spying on hearings and going through their files. She believes they are using this to cover up things that they have done. Accusing the CIA of this is a big accusation, so the media is widely covering this. This could cause a big investigation, and regulations to be changed. I think when the government starts spying on itself to cover things up that the deceit and spying has gone too far. The CIA should be investigated and be held accountable.

Tiffany Sabbaghi's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:47 PM

(Absent on 3/13 and 3/14)

Senator Feinstein is the senior United States Senator from California and member of the democratic party, she is also head of the intelligence committee. 

She has accused the CIA of lying, cheating, and also stealing to block 6300 page report on the CIA's secret prisons and torture. She has said that the agency is guilty of spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee's staff in order to cover it's own misdeeds.

This information is newsworthy because of the fact that President Barack Obama banned the prisons due to the torture. According to her, they are essentially breaking the law and working on their own agenda.

I think that Senator Feinstein is doing the right thing by exploiting the actions of the CIA, since their tactics of getting information has always been controversial due to all the senseless torturing and spying. I think she is doing her part in trying to protect her constituents. 

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DUE BY 3/13 @ 11:59 pm -- Edward Snowden looms over Pulitzer Prizes

DUE BY 3/13 @ 11:59 pm -- Edward Snowden looms over Pulitzer Prizes | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Next month, the trustees who oversee America’s most distinguished journalistic award could face their toughest decision in at least four decades. The issue before the Pulitzer Prize Board: Does it honor reporting by The Washington Post and The Guardian based on stolen government documents that are arguably detrimental to the national security...

Via Teresa Herrin
Andy Nguyen's insight:

Not only was Edward Snowden a CIA agent, he was a former NSA contractor. He leaked NSA surveillance documents to the public, specifically the Washington Post and The Guardian. These documents are considered classified and Snowden felt the need to share this with the world because of his opinion on it. He felt the public needed to know this to protect themselves from "themselves."

The controversy regarding this issue is of whether he deserves the Pulitzer award or should be charged with multiple felonies. He is considered a criminal to some but a hero to others. 

Laura Ojinnaka's curator insight, March 18, 2014 9:59 PM

Edward Snowden is a government contractor that worked at an NSA center. He was a three-month employee of a government consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton. His controversy was that he leaked information regarding top-secret government surveillance programs. He leaked National Security Agency (NSA) documents to The Guardian and The Washington Post regarding top-secret government surveillance programs.

carly johnson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 5:04 PM

Snowden revealed many of the NSA's documents to the media and other countries. He was charged with stealing government property and basically treason, because he revealed information to other countries. He was in another country when he was found out and has been in Russia on a one year asylum. Many americans view him as a traitor while others view him as a hero. Some think that the people had a right to know what he has disclosed and the government shouldn't of hid it. 

Tiffany Sabbaghi's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:29 PM

(Absent on 3/13 and 3/14)

Edward Snowden is known for being an American computer specialist and the former employee of the CIA, as well as a former contractor for the NSA. He became "famous" for disclosing extremely classified documents to other media outlets. The documents he leaked revealed classified details of global surveillance programs run by the NSA. The controversy surrounding Edward Snowden concerns whether what he did was right or wrong and whether the issue of national security vs. information privacy is taken into account and if he should get punished, even though he has been charged.